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France > Dispute resolution: International arbitration Tier 3Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP primarily acts for state entities in investment arbitration disputes. The firm handles a significant volume of cases involving high financial stakes, for example for Kazakhstan, Romania and Cyprus. Recently, the practice has been managing several investment disputes raising current hot topics, such as intra-EU treaty legal issues and corruption issues. The firm is particularly active in the energy sector, with oil and gas-related disputes as mainstays of the practice and solar energy regulation issues as other key strength. The firm also takes on commercial arbitration acting for companies or state entities. The efficient Paris team, led by the highly experienced Geoffroy Lyonnet and Peter Wolrich, can draw on the firm’s strong international network. Counsel Marie-Claire Argac provides key support.
Geoffroy Lyonnet; Peter Wolrich
Other key lawyers:
‘The Paris team is at the forefront of international arbitration practice, and (in particular) has unique experience and expertise in representing sovereign states.’
‘Peter Wolrich stands out as one of the leading practitioners in this field. His ability to craft and argue a case has been honed over decades of practice and makes him a most powerful advocate.’
The Republic of Kazakhstan
National Oil Corporation of Libya
Republic of Cyprus
- Represented the National Oil Corporation (NOC) of Libya in ICC proceedings concerning a feedstock supply agreement between NOC and the Libyan Emirates Oil Refining Company (LERCO) for the supply of crude oil and gas to the Ras Lanuf Refinery, the largest refinery in Libya.
- Represented the Republic of Cyprus in ICC proceedings relating to the Central Bank of Cyprus’ application of resolution measures to the Cyprus branch of a foreign bank in July 2014, after the decision of the US government to impose sanctions on the bank after finding that it facilitated money laundering, terrorist financing, transnational organised crime and other crimes.
- Represented the Republic of Kazakhstan in ICSID proceedings based on alleged investments made by claimants in a pharmaceutical company in Kazakhstan.
France > Tax Tier 5Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP
Other key lawyers:
‘Marco Blanco shows great availability, serenity in all circumstances as well as a pedagogy particularly appreciated by clients. His mastery of US taxation through a European reading prism makes him an undeniable asset when dealing with international cases.’
‘Availability, competence and long experience in technical subjects.’
Government of India
United Gulf Bank
Kois Invest and Médecins du Monde
- Acted for the Government of India in connection with a tax dispute involving a bilateral investment treaty arbitration over its liability for a $2.6bn tax transfer of assets.
- Advised Unipharm on the tax aspects of its corporate matters including cross-border M&A transactions and tax planning.
- Advised Kuwait-based Burgan Bank on the acquisition of multiple portfolios of US private equity funds.
Kazakhstan > Dispute resolutionCurtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP Curtis Mallet: Is particularly well known for its international arbitration practice, with experience including proceedings before ICSID, ICC and UNICTRAl. The group stands out through its focus on acting for the state and state-owned entities whom it assists with disputes in the oil and gas sector as well as with disputes arisen from the mining of natural resources such as gold. The wider disputes practice also includes litigation, both in Kazakhstan and abroad, with a particular focus on French and US courts as the lead quintet of the practice consists of Askar Moukhitdinov in Almaty and Nur-Sultan, Peter Wolrich and Geoffroy Lyonnet in Paris and Eric Gilioli and Hermann Ferre in New York.
Askar Moukhitdinov; Peter Wolrich; Geoffroy Lyonnet; Eric Gilioli; Hermann Ferre
‘The team’s ability to grasp the primary issues and principles of a dispute, however obscure and complex, is exemplary.’
The Republic of Kazakhstan
- Secured a favourable award for the Republic of Kazakhstan in arbitration proceedings arisen from claims brought by a Canadian mining company regarding the termination in 1997 of a 1996 management contract relating to certain gold mines in Kazakhstan, involving novel issues in treaty-based arbitration, raising the question whether Kazakhstan is bound by the 1989 USSR-Canada bilateral investment treaty.
- Represented the Kazakh Ministry of Investments and Development in a road construction dispute under the ICC Rules, securing rejection of the vast majority of the claims.
- Represented KazAtomProm in a Section 232 investigation regarding duties on imports for uranium, securing a successful outcome for the client.
United States > Tax > International taxCurtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP advises on tax matters related to M&A, fund formation, and international tax controversies. Its client base includes financial institutions, investment funds, and sovereign wealth funds. In New York, US chair Klas Holm focuses on cross-border transactions and global tax planning. Also in New York, Olga Beloded advises foreign multinationals and ultra-high-net-worth individuals on tax planning and cross-border transactions. Counsel Beth Kerwin joined from Baker McKenzie in August 2021, and specializes in US tax planning for ultra-high-net-worth individuals, working across the New York and Paris offices. Eduardo Cukier departed the team.
Other key lawyers:
‘Excellent knowledge and responsiveness.’
‘Klas Holm has complete tax knowledge and business acumen.’
Brevet Capital Management
United Gulf Bank
- Advised U.S.-based pharmaceutical company, Unipharm, in all ongoing tax matters including cross-border M&A transactions as well as tax planning.
- Advised Brevet Capital Management on a broad range of matters relating to transactions, the structuring of investments, and cross-border tax issues.
- Represented long-standing client E.ON SE on a broad range of matters, including a recent $20bn global restructuring involving asset and business swaps across multiple jurisdictions.
Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP > Firm Profile
The firm: Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP, founded in 1830, was one of the first US law firms to develop a truly international practice. Dedicated to counselling clients involved with some of the most challenging transnational transactions and complex multijurisdictional disputes, Curtis represents multinational companies, international financial institutions, governments and state-owned entities, family and other privately held businesses, entrepreneurs and high-net-worth individuals. With offices in the United States, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, and Central and East Asia, Curtis is located in the key business centres where clients need the firm most.
Areas of practice: Established in 1973, Curtis’ Paris office handles both international and French corporate and finance matters and international arbitration. It works closely with the firm’s 16 other offices. Many of Curtis’ Paris-based lawyers are multilingual and have business degrees in addition to their law degrees.
Curtis’ Paris office is a centre of excellence in international arbitration matters and undertakes arbitrations under the ICSID, ICC, UNCITRAL and other arbitration rules. Partners Peter Wolrich and Geoffroy Lyonnet are noted leaders in the field of international arbitration. Peter Wolrich served for 12 years as chairman of the ICC Commission on Arbitration. He was the principal draftsman of the ICC’s arbitration guide for in-house counsel and other party representatives, which was launched in 2014. Geoffroy Lyonnet co-chairs the ICC Task Force that edits the ICC Guide to National Procedures for Recognition and Enforcement of Awards under the New York Convention.
The highly regarded arbitration team continues to represent clients such as Turkmenistan, Venezuela and Kazakhstan as well as Russia, Macedonia and Cameroon.
On the commercial arbitration side, the team is notable for its comprehensive victory for French-listed Arkema in winning millions of Euros in counterclaims, and is currently handling a variety of commercial arbitrations, including post-M&A and construction disputes.
The corporate group, led by Remy Lerner, is notable for its cross-border investment transactions (projects and infrastructure, M&A, restructuring), spanning Africa, Europe and the US, particularly in the fields of mining and energy (power production, upstream and downstream oil and gas sectors). It has significant experience advising in particular African states in structuring and carrying out acquisitions and disposals of mining and oil and gas assets, and exploration and production contracts. Recent representations include advising the Republic of Gabon in various projects. The corporate group also regularly advises US companies and investment funds on their investments in France and Europe showcasing Curtis’ experience in cross-border corporate team work between offices.
The tax group, led by Marco Blanco, is best known for its advice and analysis of complex cross-border tax issues. Notable matters on which the tax group has advised include advising several Central Asian and African states on international tax matters.
The Paris office has further developed its international oil and gas state representation particularly in West and Central Africa, notably in the natural gas sector, with the active involvement of Remy Lerner, Marco Blanco and Geoffroy Lyonnet.
The Paris office is staffed by a dynamic and highly motivated team that includes French and American lawyers, many of whom are admitted to practice in both Paris and New York.
The Paris office is part of Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP, a New York limited liability partnership.
|Energy/oil and gas|
|Mergers and acquisitions|
|Sovereign wealth funds|
|Trusts and estates|
LanguagesEnglish French Portuguese Russian Spanish Ukrainian Arabic Armenian
OtherContact : Geoffroy Lyonnet Other offices : Almaty Other offices : Beijing Other offices : Bogotá Other offices : Buenos Aires Other offices : Dubai Other offices : Frankfurt Other offices : Houston Other offices : Geneva Other offices : London Other offices : Mexico City Other offices : Milan Other offices : Muscat Other offices : New York Other offices : Nur-Sultan Other offices : Rome Other offices : Washington DC
- Dispute resolution: International arbitration